Yoga Instructors

Our Heroes

Meaghan De Roos

Meaghan’s unique and inspirational style of teaching is a reflection of her own journey toward healing through the gifts of yoga. She is committed to teaching yoga as a resource for personal inquiry, transformation, and authentic self expression. Her classes are a creative infusion of insight, story, and sequencing to empower and uplift every student.

The desire to share the gifts of yoga and create a place for community lead Meaghan to open Breathe in 2012. She is the co-director and lead trainer of Breathe’s 200 hr teacher training program, facilitates mentorship for yoga teachers, and leads trainings and workshops in meditation, Yin and Therapeutic Yoga.

Meaghan has been a student of yoga and meditation since the early 2000’s and has been teaching yoga since 2003. She humbly offers gratitude to the people who have most profoundly influenced her life and teaching: Seane Corn, Jill Sockman, Heather Tiddens, Dr. Deborah Milling, and her amazing husband Gil Elhart.

Gil Elhart

Gil joyfully discovered yoga thanks to a recommendation from a personal trainer. He immediately fell in love with the way the practice concentrated his awareness into his breath and provided him the opportunity to slow down and retune his body. Coming from an athletic background he understands how yoga can fit into an active lifestyle. Becoming a yoga instructor was a natural transition that stemmed from his passion to share the benefits of yoga and the powerful transformation it brought to his life.

Gil’s classes are fun and invigorating, light-hearted and empowering! His intuitive physical adjustments, goofy sense of humor and the ability to teach through story and metaphor make for a fulfilling experience of yoga.

Gil loves working one on one with students! Private lessons with Gil can have a transformative effect on your yoga practice and life outlook. His trained eye and knowledge of anatomy can assist you in rediscovering what balance and ease feel like in your body. Book a private with Gil now.

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June Ameika

After suffering injuries from the rigorous practice of Tae Kwon Do, June began seeking a more ‘body-friendly’ holistic practice. At the end of her first yoga class tears rolled down her cheeks. She had managed to tap into emotions that had been locked inside for decades and the stress relief was incredible; She was hooked!

Not only did yoga heal her body, but it soothed her mind too. For June, yoga is a holistic practice of mind, body, spirit.  She believes that yoga can be modified to suit every student regardless of level of fitness, flexibility or life-stage. June’s passion is guiding students so that they may seek their own path of self-discovery. She encourages them to be kind to their bodies as they practice at their own level.

Her teaching focuses on the precision alignment of Iyengar yoga, coupled with multi-style vinyasa. June studied yoga for eight years with wonderful teachers in San Diego, Guam and Virginia Beach before receiving her RYT 200 in January of 2011. Originally from the UK, June currently lives in Virginia Beach with her husband Ron and twin boys Alex and Leo.

Julie Paddock

Julie has been a passionate yoga practitioner for nearly two decades. Her belief in the profound and transformational qualities of yoga originally inspired her to share its benefits with others. She completed her teacher training at Breathe Yoga Center, and also teaches yoga to children as a certified Rainbow Kids and YoKid instructor.

Julie offers a flow-style class with modifications that make the many benefits of yoga accessible to students at any level. Julie cherishes yoga as a sacred art but also infuses her class with a sense of fun, as a reminder of the ever present joys found both on and off the yoga mat.

Ann Williams

Ann started her journey with yoga in 2008, and she immediately knew it would play a huge part in her life. At the time Ann’s husband was on sea duty and they had two young children at home, life was a little hectic. The yoga mat was, and continues to be Ann’s sacred space where she clears her head, challenges her physical body, and continues her personal growth.

Ann’s love of yoga lead to a 200 hour certification in 2009 and continued her training with Breathe in 2015. Ann teaches flow and yin style yoga classes that leave students feeling calm and at ease in their bodies afterward. She offers modifications for all levels of practitioner, and provides patient guidance.

Teaching yoga within the community of Norfolk is an honor and a privilege for Ann, and she is excited to be on this path.

Tenesha Bazemore

Tenesha Bazemore began her journey in yoga in 2008. In a world filled with constant activity and stimuli, yoga is the perfect vehicle to still the mind and enjoy the present moment. She has obtained certifications in Hot Yoga, Vinyasa Flow and Yin Yoga. She teaches hatha, vinyasa and yin to yogis & yoginis in every season of their lives. Her objective in class is creating space for tranquility, acceptance and growth through proper alignment in the practice of yoga. She teaches from the belief that the practice of yoga “is for ordinary people leading ordinary lives who which to take up the extraordinary challenge of awakening to their true nature.” This is a quote found in Donna Farhi’s book, Bringing Yoga to Life.